The Brown Modelling Agency: An Up and Coming Talent Developer


2015 marked the launch of the Brown Agency. This agency is a marriage between two of the biggest companies in Houston; Wilhelmina Austin, the largest modeling talent agency in the area, and Heyman Talent- South, the largest acting talent agency in the area. After joining forces, the new Brown Agency is undoubtedly the biggest and top talent agency in Houston, Texas.

Justin Brown was at the helm of Wilhelmina Austin which he launched in 2010. Under his direction, this agency become the top agency for modeling talent in Texas. Justin Brown is staying at the helm of the new Brown Agency as president and CEO, while Michael B. Bonneé, founder of Heyman Talent-South, will stay on as the theatrical director the new agency.

The marriage of these two agencies has widely extended the profile of the company. The Brown Agency is now the top destination for talent, meaning they are able to attract the top tier talent for their clients. The agency also has a bigger profile across the country which means more opportunities for their talent.

Justin Brown brings great experience to his current role as CEO and president of the Brown Agency. Though he originally began as a model, he quickly became interested in what was happening behind the cameras. He began working in talent development, and he worked at different firms placing around 20-30 percent of the talent which he states is high for that industry. He moved to Austin in 2005 because he liked the area, and he immediately began his own development firm.

Having experience in Los Angeles and New York is useful for his clients as he has contacts there, though quite often the talent did not want to go to bigger level markets. Justin Brown was trying to make a smaller market part of the bigger market picture, and this was not without its struggles. The agency currently places the majority of its talent in Houston and Dallas, though Justin Brown notes that the two regions typically are going for very different looks. He states that Houston is typically looking for a little more modern and alternative look, whereas Dallas goes for a more conservative aesthetic.

The Brown Agency offers open casting calls every Thursday from 3-4 pm so they can stay on top of finding fresh talent, which is vital for their business. The agency gets a 20% cut from their modeling talent, and other rates vary based on union/non-union, as well as the job for which the talent is selected.

With the continual search for fresh talent in an up and coming market, it is easy to see that The Brown Agency will be an agency to bring great names to the world.

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